Who is Qualmark?
Qualmark has continuously been the largest manufacturer of accelerated reliability test equipment worldwide since pioneering the technology in the early 1990s. Our patented HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Test) and HASS (Highly Accelerated Stress Screen) chamber systems are recognized as one of the fastest and most effective disciplines for design reliability testing and production screening for electronics and electro-mechanical equipment. For this reason Qualmark systems are widely utilized by manufacturers, businesses, governmental agencies, engineers, and scientists to speed new products to market, shorten test turnaround, and improve quality and reliability. Over 500 of the Global 1000 manufacturers rely on Qualmark technology representing diverse industries such as Aerospace, Consumer Electronics, Defense, Geothermal Exploration, Medical, and Sustainable Energy.
Qualmark is the knowledge leader in accelerated stress testing methods with over 5,000 HALT/HASS tests conducted in Qualmark's lab facilities and worldwide installations of over 1,000 systems in 33 countries. Qualmark supports industry-leading research and development, provides expert application assistance, offers HALT/HASS certified training and education, and lends global support toward the advancement of the accelerated reliability test market.
Today, more than ever, testing programs are driven by market demand to provide reliable products whose timely releases keep pace with technology advancements. Qualmark’s continued growth reflects our success in offering relevant solutions for customers caught in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
The strategic focus of Qualmark's Professional Services (PS) is to reduce customer warranty costs that are attributable to product failures by deploying and supporting an Accelerated Reliability Testing program. Learn more about our center below or follow this link for more information on Accelerated Reliability Testing...
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Qualmark’s customers are some of the biggest manufactures of consumer products, encompassing the majority of the Fortune 500. Companies such as Honeywell, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Samsung, Sony and others have partnered with Qualmark to implement and manage corporate-wide testing programs in order to meet market demand to provide reliable products whose timely releases keep pace with technology advancements.
Business mandates, governmental regulation and consumer demand for safety, performance, fuel efficiency, and reliability has driven rapid introduction of new, densely packaged, interoperable multi-purpose systems in the automotive industry. Automotive design now incorporates between 70 and 100 networked microprocessor-based electronic control units (ECUs) per vehicle. Some experts predict that by 2015 electronics will account for as much as 40% of production costs.
Commercial and Defense Avionics are some of the earliest adaptors and innovators of Accelerated Stress Testing. Product flaws and poor reliability can result in fatal and catastrophic and mission altering consequences as well as financial penalties for contractual violations. To have greater insurance against disaster from product flaws, the Commercial Aircraft Manufacturers and the World’s defense agencies have come to rely on HALT and HASS to the point of requiring these accelerated reliability tests from Avionics Original Equipment Manufacturers.
Defense contractors like Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Honeywell, and L3, and their suppliers have found Qualmark’s technology to be an essential and cost-effective addition to their reliability programs. Product reliability engineering is rapidly evolving, superseding military standards, handbooks, and references established decades ago and the military now seeks more modern, even commercially available solutions. Key Congressional Defense Committees and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have focused greater attention on Highly Accelerated Life Testing and Highly Accelerated Stress Screening (HALT/HASS) methodologies and processes to improve the reliability of critical U.S. missile defense programs.
The effects of the exponential advances in electronics capabilities are perhaps most clearly seen in Consumer Electronics. Consumers routinely enjoy entertainment, communications and computing devices that were only dreamed of a few years ago, and they have developed an insatiable appetite for more. Competitive forces drive consumer electronics companies to bring the latest and greatest technologies into the hands, kitchens, living rooms and laundry rooms of people around the world in record time. They are continuously incorporating immature, cutting edge technologies into new products that are being pushed into mass production faster and faster.
Device robustness, reliability and safety over the life of medical products are key concerns for the medical industry, particularly when it comes to active implantable medical devices, devices that administer drugs, or provide life support functions. The business needs to reduce time to market and stay ahead of the competition creates pressures to shorten design cycles while still complying with diverse safety and regulatory directives. Costly product recalls and liability litigation creates a particularly precarious arena for new product introduction - or even affecting minor design changes to existing products. As medical equipment design innovations become more complex, how can product reliability and ruggedness be assured without becoming cost prohibitive?
Oil & Gas Exploration
Qualmark’s accelerated reliability test systems deliver the extreme environmental stresses needed to ruggedize equipment used in oil and gas exploration and downhole instrumentation. Sensitive electronics and sensors must withstand geothermal conditions up to, and sometimes beyond, 200ºC and still provide precise geosteering, accurate and dependable well logging, and real time downhole monitoring and valve control. Long life requirements, complex communication between high-performance components and high remediation costs demand Design for Reliability (DFR) approaches that can identify failure modes susceptible to hostile environments before deployment.
As engineers, scientists and manufacturers strive to develop new commercial and consumer products to serve the rapidly expanding sustainable energy marketplace, product robustness and reliability should be carefully addressed. Electronic components introduced into alternative energy applications have little or no proven legacy designs showing they can withstand the abusive environments in which they are expected to operate. The industry is still considered to be in its infancy and suppliers whose product falls short in operational reliability face long term consequences in costs of failure, both in repair expense and reputation.
Companies that design and build telecommunications equipment for today’s markets face a unique challenge. The requirement to achieve NEBS Level 3 certification and meet the “Carrier Class” 99.999% uptime requirements demanded by the industry means that designs must be ruggedized and processes controlled to unprecedented levels. To repeatedly design and manufacture products that have downtimes of less than 26 seconds per month, companies must use powerful reliability tools and processes.
HALT and HASS Resources
Qualmark promotes relationships with people, organizations and resources to provide qualified expertise, insights, and answers that foster a greater understanding of HALT/HASS/HASA (Highly Accelerated Stress Audit) and to expand the knowledge surrounding accelerated stress testing.